Weddings in New England are seasonal. Oh sure, there are a few weddings between November – April with bare tree branches, roaring fireplaces, and snow covered fields and wintery city scapes. But the wedding season in New England doesn’t become full blown until the first weekend in May. For the next 26 weeks I photograph weddings every weekend. I admit that by October, I’m almost dizzy from non-stop work. But from May to October I become a better photographer. It’s only from constantly shooting, year after year, that I can see progress in my work. I think of it like lifting weights: you push yourself just beyond what you think you’re capable of…. and that’s how you grow.
This year I’ll return to some favorite wedding venues, including the Boston Public Library, the Lyman Estate, Artists for Humanity Epicenter, the Taj Hotel, the Lenox Hotel, the Four Seasons Boston, Belle Mer, Moraine Farm, Willowdale Estate, the Pierce House, the State Room, Fruitlands Museum, Chatham Bars Inn, Jones River Trading, the MIT Chapel, and the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.
I’ll also photograph weddings at venues which are new to me, including Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, the Barn at Gibbet Hill, the Hellenic Center in Ipswich, Hartman’s Herb Farm, the Liberty Hotel, the Red Barn at Outlook Farm, the Red Inn in Provincetown, and a few new back yards.
2015 will be my seventh year photographing weddings. I’m 200 hundred weddings into my career, and in 2015 there are at least 30 more weddings to go. I’m looking forward to May and all that I’m about to learn as an artist and photographer.
Photographing at Artists For Humanity, taken by my friend Li Ward.